Diggerland USA Construction Theme Park

If you are looking for a great attraction for kids, don’t miss Diggerland USA. Diggerland is a construction-themed adventure park where children and their families drive, ride and operate heavy machinery in a safe, family-friendly environment.

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Summer To-Do List

summer to-do list

I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.

Here’s what’s on my summer to-do list.

1.    Take a barista class. Jo Coffee in New York City and Philadelphia offers a variety of classes including an all day barista class focusing on espresso technique, milk steaming, and pouring latte art.

2.    Visit a new farmer’s market. Here’s a guide to the best farmer’s markets in each state.

3.    Try a Solidcore fitness class.

4.    Read Louis Giglio’s new book, Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants.

5.    See the movie Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights. Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut at the age of 81 is also impressive.

6.    See The Trip To Spain the third film chronicling actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s culinary adventures through Europe. The two real life friends consume six incredible meals while trading barbs and Roger Moore impressions, as seen in the trailer below.

7.    Watch Season 2 of Master of None. I didn’t watch Season 1 of Master of None. When I found out season 2 was partially filmed in Italy, I knew I had to watch. Read the critics’ roundup from The New York Times. The soundtrack for Season 2 is also out now. Listen to The Master of None Season 2 playlist on Spotify. Here’s a list of the restaurants featured in Italy.

8.    Visit the coffee shop Lickety Split at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando. They also offer a barista bootcamp in the fall.

9.     See the new musical Bandstand on Broadway. The show recently won a Tony for Best Choreography.

https://youtu.be/uVZnU2Kp_dk

10.  Watch the Tony Awards.

11.   Read One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey.

12.  Try some of the vegan cheese recipes in This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by  Julie Piatt. One of the recipes included in the book is smoked almond cheddar. Listen to Julie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast about ditching dairy.

13.  Take Constitution 101The Meaning and History of the Constitution. The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.

14.  Watch the L.S.U. Tigers in the College World Series. LSU (48-17) plays Florida St. (45-21) on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. (CT).

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list.

1.    Here’s a great list of new books to read this summer.

2.    Check out this playlist for your next road trip.

3.    Try a new ice cream flavor. Here’s a list of my favorite ice cream shops in the U.S.

4.    Check out this summer movie release guide from The New York Times.

5.    Download some new podcasts for your next road trip or vacation. If you are looking for some recommendations, check out the links below:

My Favorite Podcast Part 1

My Favorite Podcasts Part 2

My Favorite Podcasts Part 3

My Favorite Podcasts Part 4

6.    Here’s a list of the most anticipated album releases and concert tours for summer.

7.    Check out this list of summer premieres dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows.

8.    From The New York Times: what to cook this summer.

9.    If you are traveling this summer, check out some of my travel guides:

Austin

Philadelphia

Richmond

10.  Check out this list of top music festivals in the South.

You can also see my summer to-do lists for 2016 if you need a bit of inspiration to create your own.

What are you planning on doing this summer? Tell me in the comments.

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The Chic List: Blue Angels, Tahina Shakes and Brain Hacking

The best things to do, eat, read, watch and listen to this week.

DO

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival: Here’s a full list of menus and food photos for the super popular outdoor kitchens. The festival runs through May 29, 2017.

Sun ‘N Fun International Air Show and Expo: The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels headlines this year’s event with daily afternoon shows.

Cherry Bombe Jubilee Market: Come meet the makers, bakers, and shakers behind your favorite brands at our first-ever Marketplace in New York City on April 9th. You can shop, eat, drink, attend book signings, and listen to great speakers. Ticket are $25.

EAT

Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Carrie Morey is the founder of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits. Touted by Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times and Oprah among others, Morey’s cookbook and narrative on entrepreneurship and life in the lowcountry includes her famous biscuit recipe. If you visit Charleston, you can sample her biscuits at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Charleston’s Upper King Street. What was once a biscuit legendary in South Carolina has now become a favorite across America. This is the recipe that started it all. Callie will be signing copies of her book at Bloomingdale’s in New York on April 9, 2017.

Goldie’s: If you visit Philadelphia, don’t miss the Tehina shakes (Turkish coffee, chocolate and coconut) at Goldie’s. There’s also falafel in a pita sandwich or a salad and french fries with various spice options on the menu. Goldie is completely vegan. The restaurant is modeled after Israeli-style falafel shops. Goldie is the latest opening from famed Chef Michael Solomonov and his partner-in-empire-building, Steve Cook.

READ

Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster: Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof coffee, has a new book about reducing brain fog and increasing mental sharpness.  It’s packed with cutting-edge, evidence-based techniques designed to give you more than just a healthy or average brain but a high-performing brain that works better and lasts longer than nature ever intended.

Meet Dave Asprey and special guests in major cities nationwide this month as part of his book tour. The Denver event will feature thyroid expert Dr. Izabella Wentz.

I’m using the BrainHQ cognitive exercises that Tom Brady uses to help me focus my mind on the most critical information and disregard the rest. BrainHQ is an online brain-training system that you can do on a computer or mobile device. It features 29 exercises that work out attention, memory, brain speed, intelligence, navigation, and people skills.

Wondering what these exercises are like? Watch the video or take the free brain speed test with Double Decision to get a taste of an exercise and find out how quickly your brain processes visual information.

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Summer To-Do List

summer to-do list

I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list. Continue reading “Summer To-Do List”

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Chic Travel Guide: Bright Lights Paris

Bright Lights ParisIf you are planning to visit Paris or just love dreaming about this oh so chic destination, I have a must-read book to share with you today. It’s called Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live Parisian Style by Angie Niles. It’s filled with stunning photos and lovely fashion illustrations plus fabulous tips from celebrities, fashion designers, bloggers, chefs, and more. Continue reading “Chic Travel Guide: Bright Lights Paris”

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Five Things: NYC

If I had to choose one layover as my all-time favorite, it would be NYC. I enjoy the food scene, shopping, and Broadway shows.

This weekend I had a long layover in Long Island. I hopped on board the Long Island Railroad. The train is a convenient way to travel to Manhattan from Long Island. The trains run once an hour, and the ride is 1 hour and 15 minutes from Central Islip to Penn Station. It costs $25 for a round trip ticket. Most hotels provide shuttle service to the train stations in Long Island. Uber is also available on Long Island.

Here are 5 things I enjoyed in NYC.

Senza Gluten

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1.  SENZA GLUTEN: First on my agenda was an early dinner at Senza Gluten. Senza Gluten is a new 100% gluten-free restaurant in Greenwich Village. I ordered the Margherita pizza made with San Marzano tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil. San Marzano are the best tomatoes. It was as good as the gluten-free pizza in Italy. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance. I sat outside but took a peek inside and the interior seating has a rustic vibe. The service was excellent. The owner made a point to introduce herself to me and asked my thoughts on the meal. I recommend making a reservation due to the restaurant’s popularity. 

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My Favorite Travel Apps

Travel AppsHere are a few of my favorite travel apps to help with the travel experience. Leave me a comment and let me know your favorite apps too. I’m always looking for new finds!

PLAN

Evernote helps keep all your ideas, notes, documents, URL’s and more all in one place.  Free iOS, Android

Pack Point generates a customized list of items you should pack. Free iOS, Android

Hipmunk compares the top travel sites to find the best hotel and flight deals. Free iOS, Android

World Mate helps you plan your trip. Free iOS, Android

TripIt syncs your flight confirmations, hotel reservations and more in your calendar. Simply send your travel confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com and TripIt automatically creates a detailed daily itinerary for every trip. Free iOS, Android, WP

Drop Box saves files from your computer in an online account for later access anywhere in the world. Free iOS, Android, WP Continue reading “My Favorite Travel Apps”

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Richmond Travel Guide

Richmond Travel Guide

I am crazy about Richmond, Virginia. I think you will be too!

The capital city of Virginia is not only a historical destination but a wonderful place to explore the outdoors, dine, and shop.

Richmond is famous for donuts, coffee shops, Southern cuisine, street art, outdoor trails, Christmas lights, magnificent architecture, and cool shopping.

Richmond locals will make you feel right at home. I love the Southern hospitality and the mouth-watering Southern cuisine.

My Richmond travel guide includes the top must-do things to plan your next visit. Continue reading “Richmond Travel Guide”

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Philadelphia Travel Guide

Philly Love Sign

Philadelphia is famous for the Liberty Bell, Rocky Balboa, and Cheesesteaks.

The City of Brotherly Love is also the birthplace of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Philadelphia is home to a vast array of national treasures, a thriving culinary scene, beautiful parks, hip shopping, and a bustling sports scene.

Are you ready to pack your bags?

I have some fantastic recommendations for your next trip.

Make sure you pack your sneakers and get moving in one of the most walkable cities in America.

Don’t forget to pack an extra bag for shopping. All clothing and shoe purchases are tax-free.

My Philadelphia travel guide includes the top must-do things to plan your next visit.

What are some of your favorite places to visit in Philly? Leave your responses in the comment section.   Continue reading “Philadelphia Travel Guide”

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The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

The Happiness of Pursuit

If you have not heard of Chris Guillebeau, allow me to introduce you to a modern-day renaissance man. Chris is an entrepreneur, world traveler, speaker and best-selling author. His first two books were The Art of Non-Conformity and The $100 Startup. Chris is the host of the World Domination Summit, an international gathering of creative people. Chris blogs about his travel adventures and other topics at Chris Guillebeau.com.

Chris’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit is an inspirational read that will inspire you to make your life more meaningful. The book is about finding the quest that will bring purpose to your life. It’s about pursuing a big dream and being willing to risk it all.

So what is so unique about Chris Guillebeau? He set out on a quest to visit every country in the world before age 35, and he did it. Then he wrote a book about it. Continue reading “The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau”

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Austin Travel Guide

Austin, Texas

Austin ranks at the top of my list for places to visit. The capital of Texas has all of my favorites including Mexican food, Etsy style boutique shopping and a variety of outdoor activities. Austin is famous for it’s “dive joints” – eclectic, funky, mom and pop businesses that have a one-of-a-kind feel plus some of the best Tex-Mex and Barbecue in the state. Are you getting hungry? The city is a food lover’s paradise with no shortage of dining options. What once was a small hippie city has transformed into something much slicker thanks to big events like the SXSW music festival and celebrity sightings. My Austin travel guide includes the top must-do things to plan your visit. I also denote  V* for vegetarian and *GF for gluten-free dining options.

What are some of your favorite places to visit in Austin? Leave your responses in the comment section.   Continue reading “Austin Travel Guide”

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